Referring to Hanoi, everyone knows 36 old streets in Hanoi with special names: Hang Bai, Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Ma, etc. Each street is a place to keep the historical memories of the capital, as well as memories of the lives of people who have lived, worked in this city. Over many years, Hanoi's old quarter has not been as intact as it used to be, but this is still the first place to visit when coming to the capital of the country to feel the remaining traces of an old Hanoi.
Overview of Hanoi Old Quarter
This is the common name of an ancient urban area formed from the Ly - Tran dynasties in Hanoi located east of Thang Long Citadel to the Red River. This urban area concentrates the population of handicraft and trade activities, forming up typical trade streets. Craftsmen from craft villages around Thang Long gathered here, concentrating on each area of their profession. Merchant boats can be exchanged through each street. The main trading products of each street become street names with the word "Hang" at the beginning.
Explore Hanoi Old Quarter
Currently, whenever going through here, you can see the streets still retain the traditional products from the time of establishment such as Hang Ma specialized in the sale of votive goods to worship, Hang Thiec sold household goods. However, currently there are some professions that have disappeared, there are also new occupations that make the streets no longer do business lines coinciding with the street name. For example, Hang Quat previously traded fans, now switched to the business of altars, embroidered paintings, or Hang Buom used to sell products such as bags, sailings made of bamboo and rattan mats, now the street is the place to gather various confectionery shops.
Many other streets are also worth visiting in Hanoi Old Quarter like Hang Bac street with skilled jewelers producing sophisticated handicrafts; Hang Gai with bookstores, shops for carving boards, printing books. There are many streets in the old quarter that mainly open restaurants, hotels, and shops to serve tourists here.
Going through the old streets, visitors will see the houses here are built in the style of French combining with traditional Vietnamese architecture. These tube houses were mainly built from at the beginning of the twentieth century. If you have the opportunity to visit the old houses, you will find inside the streets are small walkways or the intact walls of old red bricks.
Coming here, visitors can not help but visit some temples dating back to ancient times such as Ma May temple, Ba Chua temple, Cau Dong pagoda, Kim Co pagoda. In addition, visitors can visit the gate of O Quan Chuong. This is one of 5 gates of Thang Long citadel, located at the beginning of Hang Chieu street, near the Chuong Duong bridge and the old Dong Xuan market, existed for hundreds of years from the feudal Nguyen dynasty.
Coming to the capital of Hanoi, you must visit Hanoi old quarter, this is a place worth visiting, even the busiest person will feel a quiet atmosphere that making the mind more serene and softer.